2008 Kia Spectra Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Spectra
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2008 Kia Spectra ProblemsKia Issues New Alternator to Replace Weak One
The original alternator was incapable of supplying sufficient power to the battery when the engine was idling with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning). A new, more powerful alternator and reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.
Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software should be checked and updated as necessary.
There is a fuel smell under the hood especially in the morning when I start it when it is warming up. The smell is strong inside the car also. I have found fuel at the end of the fuel rail, but can't find where it is coming from. Checked wires hoses no luck.I did have an emissions code set once, changed the gas cap, hasn't helped.
also off and on turns over several times before it will start. almost like it isn't getting fuel. Don't know if 2...
2008 Kia Spectra Questionsim having a/c problems, the a/c compressor clutch will engauge not cooling (1 answer)
Car has less than 37,000 miles. Maintained great. Only problem I have ever had.
Changed sensor 2 times. Replaces with Bosh.